Re: Second Appeal – City of Sergeant Bluff, PA ID 193-71625-00, FEMA-1998-DR-IA, Project Worksheet (PW) 617 – Direct Result of Disaster
Dear Mr. Schouten:
This is in response to your letter dated July 15, 2013, which transmitted the referenced second appeal on behalf of the City of Sergeant Bluff (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of its request for funding to replace a sewer pipe.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, I have determined that the work is not eligible because the Applicant cannot verify that the pipe replacement was required as the result of the disaster or the extent of the sewer pipe damage. Accordingly, I am denying the appeal. This determination is the final decision on this matter pursuant to 44 C.F.R. § 206.206, Appeals.
FEMA’s review of this appeal revealed that in response to the Applicant’s first appeal the FEMA Regional Administrator approved $7,873.20 for ineligible video inspection of the sewer. By this letter, I am requesting the Regional Administrator de-obligate that funding from PW 617. In accordance with 44 C.F.R. § 206.206 (b)(1), Appeals,Levels of Appeal, the Applicant may appeal the video inspection determination to the Regional Administrator.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision.
William W. Roche Director Public Assistance Division
cc: Beth Freeman Regional Administrator FEMA Region VII